The Tillman School of Business provides students with a fundamental knowledge of business functions and processes as well as understanding of the free enterprise system. The programs of the Tillman School of Business prepare students for numerous career opportunities in the public and private sectors, and each one has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
In all majors, strong efforts are made to familiarize students with the problems and opportunities of modern economic life and to prepare them for intelligent citizenship and further educational development.
An academic major, or simply major, is a college or university student's main field of specialization during his or her undergraduate studies, which would be in addition to, and may incorporate portions of, a core curriculum. The department offering the major defines a framework for this specialized portion of a student's studies, including a certain number of required courses and a certain number of freely chosen courses relevant to the major. Although many students choose their major before entering a college or university, many others select it during their first or second year of a four-year program. Whatever the case, we are excited that you are considering one or more of the majors offered by the Tillman School of Business as a part of your academic experience!
An academic minor is a student's declared secondary field of study or specialization during his or her undergraduate studies. Often, students prepare for their intended career with their major, while pursuing personal interests with a minor. For example, a student may major in Visual Communications, but then minor in Leadership. Some students pursue a minor to provide specific specialization and thus make themselves more attractive to employers. On the other hand, a minor may be the foundation for a career. For example, a student intending to become a Chief Information Officer (CIO) may major in Business Management and minor in Computer Information Systems (CIS). Whatever the case, we are excited that you are considering one or more of the minors offered by the Tillman School of Business as a part of your academic experience!
Management in all business and organizational activities is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. Management comprises planning, organizing, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling an organization or effort for the purpose of accomplishing a goal. No matter the situation, type of organization, or number of persons, there will always be a need for management to ensure the orderly execution of the desired outcome. The main branches of management are financial, marketing, human resource, strategic, production, service, information technology, and business intelligence.
As a Business Management minor, some of the topics you will study include:
- Principles of Accounting, Management, and Management Science
- Organizational Behavior, Development, and Change
- Values in Organizations
- International Business Management and Global Management Models
- Leadership for Managers
If you are a daytime/traditional student and are interested in this major, or simply have questions, contact Dr. Norm Crumpacker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-658-2502 ext. 1122. If you are an evening/non-traditional student, please contact Dr. Deborah Houston at email@example.com or 919-658-2502 ext. 6011.
Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems (CIS) combines the fundamentals of computer science with the fields of business and communications. It involves the management, dissemination and transfer of data through computer networks. Often this involves overseeing the operations of a business's entire computing and technology department. CIS also incorporates various areas of interest, such as programming, systems analysis and design, networking, computer security, web development, and database management. A few examples of information systems include: transaction and database-related processing and front and back office systems; project management and e-commerce/business systems; knowledge management and database systems; and general computer security.
As a CIS minor, some of the topics you will study include:
- Fundamentals of CIS and E-Commerce
- Advanced Spreadsheet Analysis
- Project Management for Information Systems
- Data Files and Databases
- Computer Security
If you are interested in this minor, or simply have questions, contact Dr. Karl Reimers at KReimers@moc.edu or 919-658-7865.
Human Resource Management
Human resource management (HRM) is the strategic and coherent approach to the management of an organization's most valued assets — the people working there who individually and collectively contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the business. The terms "human resource management" and "human resources" (HR) have largely replaced the term "personnel management" as a description of the processes involved in managing people in organizations. In simple words, human resource management means employing people, developing their capacities, and utilizing, maintaining, and compensating their services in tune with the job and organizational requirement. The primary sectors of HRM are organizational management, personnel administration, manpower management, and industrial management.
As a Human Resource Management minor, some of the topics you will study include:
- Fundamentals of Management Organizational Behavior
- Human Capital and Compensation Management
- Corporate Training and Development
- Labor Relations
- Employee Law and Benefits
If you are interested in this major, or simply have questions, contact Dr. Dave Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-658-2502 ext. 1115.
Though leadership can be defined in any number of ways, in general, it is the process of social influence in which one person enlists the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. Often, individuals possessing leadership skills identify a problem that needs fixing, or a goal that needs achieving, and they set out with determination to complete that task. While there is no “cookie-cutter” mold for making a leader, certain traits have been typically attributed to great leaders. Some of these traits include integrity, dedication, creativity, assertiveness, fairness, a sense of vision, being outgoing and social, and even having a sense of humor. Fortunately, leadership is a learnable skill.
As a Leadership minor, some of the topics you will study include:
- Leadership and Leading Change
- Case Studies in Leadership
- Leadership through Innovation
- Effective Conflict Resolution
- Creating Effective Teamwork
If you are interested in this minor, or simply have questions, contact Dr. Doug Hood at JDHood@moc.edu or 919-658-7786.
Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. It generates the strategy that underlies sales techniques, business communication, and business developments. It is an integrated process through which companies build strong customer relationships and create value for their customers and for themselves. Marketing is used to identify the customer, satisfy the customer, and keep the customer. With the customer as the focus of its activities, it can be concluded that marketing is one of the major components of business management.
As a Marketing minor, some of the topics you will study include:
- Fundamentals of Marketing
- Consumer Behavior
- Marketing Communication
- Sales and Marketing Management
- International Marketing
If you are interested in this minor, or simply have questions, contact Dr. Ronald Pressley at RPressley@moc.edu or 919-658-7703.
Business Clubs & Organizations
Collegiate FFA (CFFA)
Collegiate FFA provides a number of professional development opportunities to help students get an edge in today’s job market. Whether you are looking for a career in education or industry, Collegiate FFA has what you need to jump start your career!* CFFA is open to all Mount Olive College students, regardless of former FFA membership.
If you are interested in becoming a member of CFFA at the Tillman School of Business, or simply have questions, contact Dr. Sandy Maddox at SMaddox@moc.edu or 919-658-7682.
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. It is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is organized on local, state, and national levels, and is the largest business career student organization in the world.*
If you are interested in becoming a member of PBL at the Tillman School of Business, or simply have questions, contact Sonya O’Brien at SOBrien@moc.edu or 919-658-7867.
Additional Resources for Business School Students
Here you can find the assessment outcomes of students pursuing a degree at the Tillman School of Business at Mount Olive College. These results currently include outbound (exit) scores obtained from graduating seniors. Beginning December 1, 2012, inbound (entry) scores obtained from newly-declared business majors will also be available on this site.
A working paper or work paper often refers to a preliminary scientific or technical paper in which authors share ideas about a topic, usually to elicit feedback, before finally submitting the paper to a peer-reviewed conference or academic journal.
- Relationship between Vigor Demographic Variables and Academic Performance (Crumpacker) - This scientific research examines the relationship between student vigor (the conceptual opposite of burnout), applicable demographic variables, pedagogical modality, and academic performance.
- The Liquidation Phase and Profit Margins: Getting Back to Breakeven (Cwik) - This paper analyzes, from a firm’s point of view, the various policies that are currently in use (modern Keynesianism) to cure the recession and contrasts these policies with those which an Austrian analysis of the business cycle would recommend.
- Deciding to Give Online to Cultural Nonprofits: Affiliation, Attitudes, and Demographics (Janicki, Finn, and Maher) - An online survey using a classical music organization's list of donors, subscribers, and other affiliates was conducted to compare differences in how each stratum made decisions about gift-giving to nonprofit organizations.
- Leadership and Change Management (Hood) - The purpose of the present study is to examine the reasons and circumstances of strategic change initiatives and how management and their behavior can go wrong.
- An Examination of Traditional and Nontraditional students evaluations of professorial leadership styles: transformational versus transactional approach (Hood, Poulson, Mason, Walker, and Dixon) - The present study was designed to empirically examine how traditional and nontraditional students varied in their perceptions of and appreciation for "Transformational" versus "Transactional Leadership" styles as indicated by their survey responses.
- Recession Economics and Non-Neutral Money (Cwik) - This paper examines the monetary policy choices before a central bank during an economic downturn.
Stay up to date on the positions currently available at Mount Olive College. Depending on current faculty and staffing needs, these positions may or may not include employment with the Tillman School of Business.
In today’s fast paced world, an education needs to be more than just book study. Career prospects need to hit the ground running and be well acclimatized to their chosen career path. History shows us that hands on learning in a particular field offers the best training for people new to a career. Nothing compares to shadowing the expertise of seasoned professionals and their unique individual skills.
Many companies are enthusiastic to offer a fair pay to their interns, so you can make money while learning. What could be better? The possibilities are endless for interns to learn valuable new skills and discover their true talents. With an internship, you can really get a feel for your chosen field.
The benefit to an internship is also that it carries the possibility of a full time position with the company once your internship is complete. You also have the added bonus of networking and meeting many contacts, which are their weight in gold in the business world. Take charge of your education and your future today! Choose an internship in the field of your choice and reap the benefits that come with first hand experience.*
Currently, most of our internship opportunities are advertised via email. Therefore, if you want to stay abreast of the internship opportunities available through the Tillman School of Business, routinely and carefully check your email. Such opportunities will usually be advertised by a Division Chair or Program Chair, though they may also be promoted by a member of faculty. Additionally, you should let your academic advisor know that you are interested in an internship, as they may be able to help facilitate this opportunity for you!
Tillman Talk - The Tillman School of Business Blog
Tillman Talk is a unique tool utilized by faculty and students alike to exchange ideas about the world of business, economics, finance, policy, and other topics of interest.